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Not a Real Good Year for Musicals, Broadway

Once, the musical adapted from the 2006 film that is pretty much a lock for Best Musical at next month’s Tony Awards, has a moment in Act I after which the show really starts to take off, an action moment, and it is: a guy fixing a vacuum cleaner. This is not Scar killing Mufasa, here, you know? It’s a guy with a screwdriver. Beyond Once, the Best Musical field is comprised of Newsies, which was also based on a film; Leap of Faith, which was ALSO based on a film and has already closed, to boot; and Nice Work if You Can Get It, which is… Gershwin. This state of affairs has gravely disappointed the New York Times‘ Christoper Isherwood, especially the fact that the more challenging a show, the less likely audiences are to respond to it, to which the book and film worlds reply: yes, and? (FULL ARTICLE: Christopher Isherwood, The New York Times)